The PRP ED Treatment Procedure Toronto

Men who experience erectile dysfunction ED can feel a sense of shame that can affect their confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing. But it is important to know that ED is common. In fact, nearly 50 percent of men over 40 experience (ED).

Modern technology has made it possible to effectively treat ED through a regenerative treatment known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) penile injection therapy. In recent years, PRP has been used in various medical applications to promote the growth of healthy new tissue.

Research shows that this type of therapy may be just as effective in the regeneration of erectile tissue.

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What is the PRP procedure?

PRP is derived from blood and contains a high concentration of growth factors and proteins that promotes the regeneration of new tissue. PRP therapy is used for healing parts of the body that are damaged like tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. PRP therapy rests on the notion that the human body has healing abilities, and by using a patient’s own blood to introduce stem cells to a part of the body where rejuvenation is needed, one can experience improved vitality in that area.

PRP has helped to promote recovery from injuries and surgery, and the stimulation of hair growth. It is also used as an alternative treatment for ED.

How does it work?

Blood consist of plasma, white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells. The plasma is the liquid part of your blood and contains platelets that are necessary for forming blood clots after an injury. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors that are fast-acting and promote the production of new tissue. When PRP is injected into the blood vessels and tissue in the penis, it makes the tissue healthier.

The process involves drawing a small sample of the patient’s blood and then spinning it in a machine that separates the platelets from the plasma. This machine is called a centrifuge. Once the platelets have been isolated, what you now have is a concentrated mixture of platelets. The PRP is then injected into the penis.

The entire procedure is a quick and can be done within an hour. Patients especially like this procedure because there is no downtime, meaning it does not cause any destruction to their daily routine.

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What does the research say?

It’s important for patients to know that the use of PRP for ED is still experimental and there is no conclusive scientific evidence supporting the claim that PRP is effective in treating ED. However, there is a strong indication that PRP could potentially be a useful treatment, which is why many medical clinics offer PRP therapy for ED.

According to a study published in 2019 by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that evaluated data on PRP therapy for ED, there needs to be a more research done to determine the clinical efficacy and potential harmful side effects of PRP for ED in order to gain a clear on weather PRP is an effective treatment for ED.

How does PRP compare to other ED treatments?

Since there is limited information on the effectiveness of PRP for ED, it may be beneficial for patients to explore alternative treatments that have been proven to be effective.

There are many patients who have had treatments plans that focused on identifying some of the underlying causes of ED and treating those conditions. These can include heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes.

Some of the common ED treatments include:

  • medications that increase blood flow to the blood vessels in the penis
  • a lifestyle change that includes more physical activity, a healthier diet and eliminating unhealthy habits like smoking
  • seeing a therapist to help address any psychological causes of ED like anxiety and stress

How much does PRP cost?

Since PRP therapy is still considered an experimental treatment, there are very few insurance companies that cover the costs for treatment. While the cost for the P-Shot varies from clinic to clinic, treatment typically costs between $1,900 and $2,200.

A 2018 plastic surgery statistics report indicated that the average doctor fee for PRP procedure was roughly $683. This did not include the other associated costs.

Risks and side effects

As stated in the 2019 NIH study, there was no evidence of any harmful side effects found in the small group of study participants. This means that researchers cannot rule out the possibility of harmful side effects neither can they claim that PRP is a safe treatment for ED until more is known.

In the clinical trials conducted, the number of participants was too small for there to be a conclusive answer. What we do know is that PRP is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction because the platelets are derived from the patient’s own blood. In general, the potential risks associated with an injection of any kind are, infection, nerve damage, pain and tissue damage.

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